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Bob Odenkirk & Stacy Keach Join Alexander Payne's 'Nebraska'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2012 12:29 PM
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While it took Alexander Payne seven years between his smash hit "Sideways" and last year's very successful "The Descendants," the good news for fans is that the director is moving right along to his next movie. "Nebraska" has been brewing for a while, and was finally officially greenlit last month, with Payne nabbing Bruce Dern and Will Forte as the two leads in his low budget, $13 million black and white film. And with pre-production well underway, a few more names have come on aboard.

Watch: Gorgeous New U.K. Trailer For 'Rust And Bone' With Marion Cotillard & Matthias Schoenaerts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2012 11:10 AM
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Over the net few weeks, as films begin to unspool in Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York, we'll be beginning to see which films will rise up as awards season contenders, and which will slip away. One film everyone agrees will be in the mix in a big way is Jacques Audiard's "Rust And Bone." After premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this spring, the film hits Toronto this month before arriving in theaters this fall, and a new U.K. trailer is here to remind you this is one to watch.

Paul Thomas Anderson Now Writing 'Inherent Vice,' Hopes To Get It "Going Soon"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2012 10:54 AM
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With "The Master" making its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival over the weekend, we can now start obsessing over Paul Thomas Anderson's next movie, right? Indeed, given his patient output and increasing space between films (it has been five years each between "Punch-Drunk Love" and "There Will Be Blood," and "There Will Be Blood" and "The Master") it can be a tough wait for fans of the director's work, but the good news is he's already at work on what will hopefully be his next project.

New Images From 'Skyfall' Featuring Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem, Judi Dench & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 3, 2012 9:59 AM
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With the James Bond series turning 50 this year -- and a host of events being planned for October 5th -- the November release of the Sam Mendes-helmed “Skyfall” will mark the 23rd entry in the franchise. The latest issue of Empire has a wealth of material devoted to the new Bond film, including some new images below.

Venice: Paul Thomas Anderson Says 'The Master' Is A Love Story & More From The Press Conference

  • By Cory Everett
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  • September 2, 2012 7:31 PM
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Since it was first announced back in 2009, Paul Thomas Anderson's latest has been one of the most highly anticipated films over the past few years among cinephiles. For two years, production on the project that would come to be known as "The Master" was shrouded in secrecy. In fact, Anderson who hasn't made a film since 2007's "There Will Be Blood," didn't speak a single word about the project publicly until just weeks ago. And cast/crew were also told to keep mum on details. But the veil has finally been lifted this as "The Master" had its official debut in competition at the Venice Film Festival.

Surprise: Telluride Unveils Quick Sneak Peek Of James Gray's 'The Nightingale' Starring Marion Cotillard & Joaquin Phoenix

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 2, 2012 3:23 PM
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Disappointment with too few showstoppers has been a common complaint at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend (mostly by privileged film critics and Oscar bloggers wanting more sizzle). Each year, Telluride sneaks a few surprise films not listed on the official line-up and generally of marquee value (last year, "Butter" was one of the big contenders). This year, the only not-so-secret surprise was Ben Affleck's entertaining thriller "Argo." While a terrific suspense film, only one surprise left many pundits wanting more.

Soundtrack For 'Arbitrage' Includes Score By Cliff Martinez, Songs By Bjork, Billie Holiday & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 2, 2012 11:41 AM
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If it's one thing we love, it's a great Richard Gere performance. After mistakenly labeling 2002 "The Year of Gere" (due to three fine performances in "The Mothman Prophecies," "Unfaithful," and "Chicago"), it looks like this year might actually live up to our really stupid title. Gere stars in "Arbitrage," where he plays a troubled hedge fund magnate, in a performance many are calling a career-best. And soundtrack details have just emerged for the soundtrack companion album, which features the original score by "Drive"/"Contagion" composer Cliff Martinez and a handful of previously released songs from the likes of Bjork, You Say Party!, Stan Getz, Billie Holiday and Robi Botos.

New Images Debut From 'Flight,' 'Not Fade Away,' 'Trouble With The Curve' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 2, 2012 10:46 AM
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As the fall movie season approaches, with the big film festivals bleeding into the Oscar crush and blockbuster Christmas season, we'll be seeing the marketing machine at various studios start to churn into overdrive, most likely coughing sooty smoke and belching flames. And just recently a host of new photos have been unleashed for a number of this fall's more prestigious pics, including Robert Zemeckis' "Flight," David Chase's "Not Fade Away," Brit dramedy "Song For Marion," and the Clint Eastwood vehicle "Trouble with the Curve."

Gerard Butler Revenge Thriller 'Motor City' Suffers Engine Failure

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 2, 2012 10:00 AM
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According to Deadline, "Motor City," the revenge thriller from solo Hughes brother Albert Hughes that was originally set to star Dominic Cooper… Then Jake Gyllenhaal… Then Gerard Butler… Has been shut down for good, with the cast being sent home over the weekend. We're pretty sure that this movie accidentally ran over a young gypsy while on vacation in Europe because this shit seems cursed.

Part 2 Of 'The Hobbit' Entitled 'The Desolation of Smaug,' Part 3 Dated For July 18th, 2014

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 1, 2012 10:14 AM
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One problem with turning your two-part fantasy epic into a three-part fantasy epic is that you need to find a new title from somewhere. It's alright when a "Twilight" or a "Hunger Games" decide to split their final installment into two, because they can always go for a "Breaking Dawn Pt. 1 and 2" or "Mockingjay Pt. 1 and 2" type deal, but for "The Hobbit," Peter Jackson had already added two new subtitles to his one-book source material, admittedly ones already associated with the books -- "An Unexpected Journey" and "There And Back Again."

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